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'''Joseph Conrad''' (; born '''Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski'''; 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish Britons|Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the Merchant Navy (United Kingdom)|British merchant marine in 1878, and was granted British nationality in 1886. Though he did not speak English fluently until he was in his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature.Rudyard Kipling felt that "with a pen in his hand he was first amongst us" but that there was nothing English in Conrad's mentality: "When I am reading him, I always have the impression that I am reading an excellent translation of a foreign author." Cited in Jeffrey Meyers, ''Joseph Conrad: A Biography'', p. 209. Cf. Zdzisław Najder's similar observation: "He was... an English writer...
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Pseudonym| birth_name = Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1857|12|3}}
Birth placeTerekhove near Berdychiv, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes|1924|8|3|1857|12|3}}
Death placeBishopsbourne, England
Resting placeCanterbury Cemetery, Canterbury
OccupationNovelist, short story|short-story writer
LanguageEnglish
NationalityPoles|Polish
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